Listener Crossword 4013: Solution Notes

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A Game of 1 by Glow-worm

Puzzle explanation

The game was HUNT THE SLIPPER (1dn). The eight “nonce” clues produced sixteen children’s names (Sophia, Lindsay, Imelda, Primrose, Patience, Elspeth, Rosemary, Yasmin, Cassandra, Ursula, Sebastian, Teresa, Olwen, Monica, Eamonn, Reginald) whose initials spelt out SLIPPERY CUSTOMER (Glow-worm’s title for the day). The misprints in the remaining clues spelt out a slightly edited version of the comment in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, in the relevant article: “some … physical contact even if decorous”. The partial perimeter quotation was from “Aurora Leigh”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The “pair of slippers” was to be highlighted in the grid.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
8 S: (G)as NEURON NEON about UR
9 O: st(e)wed BOUILLI BILL about OU + I
13   MORSE
SOPHIA, LINDSAY
Definition: Morse
nonce: Kel[s]o, as Phi[lip] Daly’s in [Per]th
16 M: (h)ouse COT Two definitions
17 E: P(u)g SOUPING UP PUG < after (SOUP + IN)
18 P: (D)enny’s UNTILED UNTIL + (Jun)E + (D)enny
19   MINORS
IMELDA, PRIMROSE
Definition: Franciscans
nonce: Rui[slip] mailed [p]rimer so p[er]emptorily
20 H: (p)arry REPOST STOP ’ER *
23 Y: T(u)ne AYR Homophone (AIR)
24 S: po(n)ies OPEN PONIES * – I – S
26 I: Ne(a)l’s TALENT TT about NEAL *
27   ESPIAL
PATIENCE, ELSPETH
Definition: Espial
nonce: mue[sli p]et? Nice ap[p]lies the p[er]fect
29 C: sau(t)é UTES Hidden
31 A: (O)dd PSL Alternate letters
33 L: (p)ast PERMIT P(ast) + E(xercise) + TRIM *
34 C: (D)ad PIÑATA PA about A TIN *
36 O: p(a)rt SAND BAR Hidden
37 N: (R)ev’s REPUDIATE RE(v’s) + PUD + I + ATE
39 T: So(w) ELT Hidden
40   IONIA
ROSEMARY, YASMIN
Definition: Western Turkey
nonce: beckon[s L]eo — army’s r[ipp]in’, say, m[er]cenaries
41 A: M(o)ggie TO TOM – M
42 C: Logi(e) ETESIAN (Logi)E + SET < + IAN
43 T: (w)attle DEWLAP (PAL + WED) <
DOWN
2 E: hos(t) ARMY R in AMY
3 V: sha(p)ed TOODLE-PIP TO + ((leylandi)I + LOPPED) *
4 E: Po(p)’s PASO DOBLE PA’S + O + DOLE about (Fe)B(ruary)
5   ABE
CASSANDRA, URSULA
Definition: Lincoln
nonce: [sees lip] and scar, as [pe]r usual [r]edden
6 N: (I)an’s RUN IN RUN + I(an’s) + N(ear)
7 I: B(e)ll FLAGRANTE BELLO BELL A TENOR * after FLAG
10 F: (t)aking IGNORE SIGNORE – S
12 D: du(p)e TON-UP TON + (d)UP(e)
14 E: P(a)t’s SPITAL PET’S ILL * – L
15   BUSY
SEBASTIAN, TERESA
Definition: at work
nonce: Baulk[s] at a sensib[l]e sea-tr[ip; per]haps
21   STARSTONE
OLWEN, MONICA
Definition: Ruby maybe
nonce: [s]on wel[l i]n — I’m a co[pper]
25 C: pa(r)king HAPTIC (CATH + I + P) *
28 O: P(u)p’s PINUPS PUP’S IN *
30 R: “a(l)t” EXALT E + X + ALT
32   SPEW
EAMONN, REGINALD
Definition: Vomit
nonce: obscure[s li]ne on ma[p — p]lane grid [er]ased
35 O: d(a)rk ADDIO Hidden reversed; cross-reference for definition
38 U: N(o)rse SAWN (N + WAS) <
40 S: (P)ub’s INN Alternate letters
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